Urban Training Collaborative

Street Psalms is the managing partner of the Urban Training Collaborative (UTC) – a joint initiative that includes Leadership Foundations and Christian Reformed World Missions. Our network of training hubs share a common mission and a common curriculum. We offer informal and formally accredited programs (certificate-masters). We host an institute for hub directors and provide onsite consultation/training.

 

 


Core Documents

Incarnational Training Framework

Incarnational Training Framework

Training Hub Inventory

Training Hub Inventory

Urban Training Collaborative Work Plan

Urban Training Collaborative Work Plan

Memoranda of Understanding

Training Hub Memorandum of Understanding

Training Hub Memorandum of Understanding

R&D Hub Memorandum of Understanding

R&D Hub Memorandum of Understanding

Hub Training Menu - Urban Training Collaborative

Hub Training Menu
Urban Training Collaborative

Completed City Hub Documents Urban Training Collaborative

Completed City Hub Documents – Urban Training Collaborative

 


 

Hub Directors – Urban Training Collaborative

 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Mario Luis Matos

Mario Luis Matos

Mario Luis Matos was born and lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with his wife Yolanda, and their two daughters Susana and Magdalena. He has served as evangelist, church planter, and Community Development worker since 1990 and is the founding director of the Center for Transforming Missions Dominican Republic – CTMD. He also has been serving as the executive director of COCREF – Christian Reformed Schools. He earned a B.A in Business Administration at Universidad Central del Este in Santo Domingo, and an M.A in Theology and Education at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. Mario is also ordained with the Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic. Mario’s passion is to equip and mentor other leaders for Christian service.

Grand Rapids, MI, USA — Justin Beene

Justin BeeneJustin Beene lives with his wife, Karianne and their two children, Jelani and Cheyenne, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Justin holds a Masters in Social Work in Management of Human Services from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Arts in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and is in the final phase of completing a Doctorate in Entrepreneurial Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. Justin is the Director/Founder of a partnership called the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, between Bethany Christian Services, Building Bridges Professional Services & Rising Grinds Cafe, two social enterprises that train and employ high-risk youth, Double O Supply and Craftsman, and Tabernacle Community Church; together working to create opportunities for community transformation. Justin is a lecturer/faculty at Acton University and regular guest speaker at many local, state, national, and global conferences. He also serves on the Board of Mosaic Christian Community Development Association in Benton Harbor, MI.

Guatemala City, Guatemala — Joel Aguilar

Joel AguilarJoel Aguilar lives and serves with his wife, Annette, in Guatemala City. He has a Masters in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington. He has also taken Masters courses at SETECA and has a degree in Theology from SETECA. Joel is the Director of Leadership Development for The Center for Transforming Mission Guatemala, and for the last 10 years Joel has been involved with organizations that seek the social and spiritual renewal of global cities.

Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa — Mike Ribbens

Mike Ribbens and Megan, his wife, and their family have been serving with Christian Reformed World Missions in African cities for over a decade. They learned to love the cities of Jos and Abuja, Nigeria for 8 years and Johannesburg and Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa for 3 years. Mike received an MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church of North America in 2007. Today, Mike has been joining God’s mission in urban South Africa to encourage, equip and connect leadership, families, schools and churches for the spiritual and social renewal of Joburg and Tshwane as the director of the Institute for Urban Ministry.

Anchorage, AK, USA — Joel Kiekintveld

Joel Kiekintveld lives in Anchorage, AK where he and his wife Stacey, and their three daughters Naomi, Emma and Sydney live in intentional community in the Dimond Estates trailer park. He is the Founding Director of Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center. Many of the active members of the drop-in center are high-risk and street involved. Joel is also the Teaching Pastor of Crosspoint Community Church and serves as an adjunct professor at Alaska Bible College.

Joel is currently a PhD candidate in Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and holds a Master of Arts in Global Urban Ministry degree from Bakke Graduate University, Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College), and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from The Foraker Group/ University of Alaska Fairbanks. Joel was ordained as a Commissioned Pastor by the Christian Reformed Church in 2008.

Nairobi, Kenya — Esau Okoth Oreso

Esau Okoth Oreso is married to Jane and blessed with four children ages 8, 6, 3 and 1.
He is the Director of Training at the Center for Transforming Mission Kenya/Nairobi Leadership Foundations. Esau is also the lead Pastor of the Tumaini Ministries Center in Kibera. He is trained in Urban Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Theology in Missiology from the University of South Africa and an MA in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.

Salem, MA, USA — DJ Vincent

Vincent FamilyDJ Vincent is celebrating 16 years of marriage with Gabi and their two children (Kaden and Clara). He moved to Salem in 2003 to pastor and pursue a masters degree through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He founded the Salem Missional Community Network; which has planted, coached and cultivated a dozen unique disciple-making churches in the past 10 years. DJ started working at the Salem Leadership Foundation as the South Area Lightning Rod in 2008. Serving as a UTC HUB Director has added depth to the training he is able to provide local Churches, Boards and volunteers for community initiatives.

Twin Cities, MN, USA — Art Erickson

Art EricksonArt Erickson and his wife Kathy have lived and worked in the same urban neighborhood (Twin Cities) for 49 years. They have five children and 11 grandchildren. Art has been creatively working in different youth and community ministry roles for more than fifty years, helping to launch more than two dozen ministries, outreaches, and businesses. His resume includes Young Life, the United Methodist Church, and Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation. Presently, Art directs STUDIOne-Eighty (Changing Places, Changing People, 180°), a training program of Urban Ventures. Art is a graduate of Bethel University and Bethel Seminary.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Valery Vital-HerneValery VItal

Jean Valery Vital-Herne lives in Port-au-Prince Haiti with his wife Kettely and their two children,Emilie and Jonathan. He has been involved in leadership and community development for more than 10 years with Micah Challenge and the Global Leadership Summit. With a background in Business Administration from Université Quisqueya, Haiti as well Literature, Ideas and Poetics from Université Blaise Pascal, France and Theology from the Center for Biblical Leadership Port- au-Prince, Haiti, he coaches seminary students to do holistic ministry in difficult communities. Valery is an ordained pastor and passionate to see the church play its role as salt and light in the world, especially in hard places.

Incarnational Training Framework Webinar Series

This series explores the major themes of the ITF, which is a diagnostic framework that helps leaders and organization examine their own model of urban transformation from the perspective of the Incarnation. The primary audience of this webinar series is the hub directors of the Urban Training Collaborative (UTC) who are developing training hubs for their local city context. The ITF suggests that the message, method and manner of mission modeled for us by Jesus produces messengers who are free to love their city and seek its peace with the Gospel of Jesus.

Webinar 1 – Theory of Change

We explore how change happens in vulnerable urban communities. Our theory of change is simple. Cities are transformed relationally because reality itself is relational. Modern science is discovering what the Incarnation reveals – reality is relational, not just some of it, but all of it.

Theory of Change slide deck

Webinar 2: Message – A Way of Seeing

We explore what it means to see our cities through the eyes of Jesus. The life giving perspective of the Incarnation transforms our message from the myth of scarcity to the reality of abundance. If we can only act within the world we see, nothing is more essential to urban transformation than to learn how to see. The Incarnation frees us to see and celebrate our cities as a classroom, parish, and playground.

Message – A Way of Seeing slide deck

Webinar 3: Method – A Way of Doing

We explore how the Incarnation calls forth communities of practice whose methods are grounded, not so much in abstract and disembodied theories (from above) but in embodied, real-life practice (from below).

These communities of practice are skilled at the art of nurturing relationships, stewarding power and engaging systems.

Method – A Way of Doing slide deck

Webinar 4: Manner – A Way of Being

We explore how the Incarnation transforms the manner in which we serve by calling us out of the violence of rivalry and resentment into the transforming presence of peacemakers. The future of our cities demands that we undergo the shift from rivalry to peacemaking. The transforming presence of the Incarnation calls forth three essential gifts: contemplative activists, ecumenical discerners and a Eucharistic community.

Webinar 5: Messenger – Free to Love

We explore how the Incarnational mission of Jesus frees the messenger to love our cities and seek their peace with the Gospel of Jesus. Freedom is the key virtue of the Incarnation. We are free to love. Love is the end of freedom. We are free from the myth of scarcity, the danger of theory and the violence of rivalry. In freedom we can see through the eyes of Jesus and delight in God’s abundance; we are free to serve incarnationally, from below. We are free to see the peace of the cities we love. The key to this is Gospel freedom.

Missional Church

The Missional Church Series fans the flame of our desire to become a missional community who sees and celebrates God at work in our daily lives. It empowers us to love the communities in which we live and seek God’s peace in all things. It is designed to unleash God’s missional heart in our lives and awaken us to our particular call, both corporately and individually.

 


 

Street Psalms Missional Church Series

Street Psalms Missional Church Series

Missional Church Asset Map

Missional Church Asset Map

SP- Church Asset Survey 2017-2-8

Church Asset Survey – Print Version

SP- Church Asset Survey 2017-2-8 interactive

Church Asset Survey – Interactive Version

Street Psalms Workshops (Intensives)

Street Psalms workshops, also known as Street Psalms Intensives, are a series of “courses” that we have facilitated with more than 3,000 leaders in 30 cities and 15 countries. It’s theology from below. We learn to see and celebrate good news in hard places. This transforms the way we love our city and seek its peace with the Gospel of Jesus.

These Intensives are designed for urban leaders from all walks of life who are eager to experience the transforming power of the Incarnation in the face of our city’s greatest challenges. We explore the message, method and manner of mission modeled by Jesus, which frees the messenger to embody the most sacred vocation – to become fully human. To become fully human, this is the urgent task of mission and the promise of Word made flesh!

These are potent conversations! The Intensives engage leaders from a wide variety of theological perspectives. We draw students from right and left of center. We are more interested in questions than answers, dialogue than doctrine. These conversations are about the missional nature of God in the world and open us up to an adventure so big and so generous that it makes room for all theological traditions. Our style is more jazz than classical, more poetic than prosaic, more playful than dogmatic. We engage the head, heart and hands in a joy-filled, risky set of conversations that promise to awaken us. That said, participants will be engaged and challenged by a Gospel of peace that frees us from the violence that holds us captive and calls forth a new humanity in Christ.

Warning: Participants may experience a wildly liberating transformation along the way that opens them up to a way of seeing, doing and being that they could never have imagined.

Each course can be delivered as a stand-alone workshop, typically 1-2 days, but can also be more informally delivered as 1-2 hour primers. These courses have been offered as a certificate program and the core of a masters program, as well as for doctoral credit, but are best when experienced as a personal journey of faith formation deep into the heartland of prophetic imagination.

 


 

1. Born From Below: Mystery of Word Made Flesh (Christology/Anthropology)

We come face to face with Word made flesh and discover what it means to be human and the God who makes us human.

 


 

2. Scandal of God: Undergoing Atonement (Soteriology)

We undergo the scandal of the cross and the cruciform shape of mission.

 


 

3. In But Not Of: Understanding the Grammar of God (Pneumatology)

We celebrate the unbounded Spirit of Jesus and its meaning for mission.

 


 

4. It’s a Family Affair: Redeeming Our Inheritance (Ecclesiology)

We inhabit the complex world of the Biblical family and what the family of God means for mission.

 


 

5. The City of Joy: Welcome to God’s Playground (Eschatology)

We celebrate the city as God’s playground of grace for all people and how the New Jerusalem enters Babylon.

 


 

6. Making Peace with God: Transforming Mission In a Violent World. (Ethics)

We practice the Gospel of peace in the context of violence and undergo mercy that transforms the world.

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Annual UTC Hub Training Institute

Outcomes

  1. Training of Trainers. Hub director/participant will increase their capacity to train the head, heart and hands of urban leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of cities. Participants will deepen their understanding of Leadership Foundation’s (LF) Model of Urban Transformation, Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) Transformational Networking Principles and how the Incarnational Training Framework supports them.
  2. Community Formation. Hub directors/participants from across the world will connect with each other and build the kind of shared missional community that sustains the UTC.
  3. HUB Development. Hub directors/participants will strengthen the capacity of their individual hubs to deliver and sustain contextualized training menus. This includes: MOU’s, Work Plans, Training Menu’s, HUB inventory’s, etc.

Dates

The dates for the 2017 Institute will be finalized in June, 2017. We will notify Hub Directors as soon as they are made available.

Street Psalms Community

 

The Street Psalms Community is a dispersed communion of Christ-centered leaders committed to developing communities of urban leaders among those who have been labeled the least, last and lost in our world. We are called to nurture life-giving perspectives and practices that sustain those who live and breathe good news in hard places. As witnesses of the Incarnation of Jesus, we seek peace and the underlying unity of all things – within the rich and sometimes challenging diversity of our own Community, as well as the diversity of our urban contexts.

The Community is made up broadly of a network of friendships among women and men who profess to the way of life of Street Psalms:

  • Action (Hands). We love and serve with the vulnerable – in ways that foster mutual, enduring transformation.
  • Reflection (Head). We reflect deeply on both God’s liberating Word and the great gift of this world – bringing the best skills of observation, analysis, and creativity that our challenging contexts deserve.
  • Discernment (Heart). We seek to see and celebrate the movement of God’s Spirit in hard places – so that we may live and thrive wholeheartedly in rhythm with that movement, helping others do the same.

Ordained Leaders.

Within the Street Psalms Community is a dedicated, experienced group of leaders formally ordained for ministry – humbly serving both the Community itself and their local urban context. Street Psalms ordained leaders make action, reflection, and discernment their sacred vows. Together they embody the core charism (gift) of the Street Psalms Community – to “see and celebrate good news in hard places.”

As witnesses of the Incarnation, we develop incarnational leaders incarnationally. We embody the message, method and manner of Jesus (See Incarnational Framework). Here are four manners in particular that we practice. Members are ordained to a variety of vocations, but we all share a common call to develop incarnational leaders according to our charism and we function as:

  • Practitioners who are engaged in the work of city transformation (e.g. ministry leaders, executive directors, program directors)
  • Spiritual Guides (e.g. community chaplains, pastors, spiritual directors, “shepherds”) both within the Street Psalms Community and their own local communities.
  • Peacemakers who foster relationships among unlikely partners for the “shalom” (wholeness and thriving) of their cities.